racial justice ministry team (RJMT)
We all have been touched and impacted by the news of racial conflicts around the country. The experience is likely different in a very personal way for each of us depending on our age, family background, economic status, etc. It is in times such as these that we are called to examine those feelings and find our voice to contribute to the conversation in a way that reflects our Christian values.
Racial justice ministry is about being inclusive, not exclusive, to create a climate of peace, justice, freedom and dignity that embraces all people. A climate that provides opportunities for growth, leadership, empowerment and advocating for policies and programs that are socially and racially just.
“Out of my distress I called on the Lord” (Psalm 118:5).
Bishop Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, statement, This is the Day, regarding current events and issues of race in the United States, https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/This_is_the_Day_060520.pdf), June 5, 2020
Our Racial Justice Ministry Team has collected a number of useful Racial Justice Resources. See some of them highlighted below. Here is a Current Comprehensive Resource Guide.
Unpacking White Privilege: The important work of making the church less harmful, Living Lutheran,
January 17, 2020
ELCA Social Statements:
Books on the history of racial justice issues in our nation and the church.
America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to New America, by Jim Wallace, 2017
The Cross and The Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone, 2013
Book on the perspectives of life as a person of color in our nation and our church.
Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US, by Reverend Lenny Duncan, 2019, a rostered minister in the ELCA.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown, 2018
Books for Taking Action.
How to Be an Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi, 2019
The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2014
Books from Baltimore natives and persons of color.
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015. Letters from a Baltimore father to his son.
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, Wes Moore, 2011. True stories of two men from Baltimore.
Book regarding how to process your personal journey to understand racism and speak out against it.
Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World, by Rozella Haydee White, 2019